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Feed Change...maybe?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eggcamefirst, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    I have to go back to the store soon to get more food. Last time I grabbed a small bag of chick food that was medicated. I have 4 chicks that are a little over a week old and 3 chicks that are four days old. Should I get the same feed that I did before in a larger quantity (if they sell it)? Or can I switch feeds to another chick starter that isn't medicated? Will it be rough on them to switch?
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I use medicated Starter/Grower. I feed it to the birds until I get my first egg then I switch over to Layer. If I have any Starter/Grower or Grower left over when I get my first egg, I mix in the leftover feed with the Layer feed. I have never had any problems. The amprollium in the Starter or Starter/Grower helps in the chicks development in their resistance to cocci. It is sulfa based. There is only a problem eating the eggs layed by the birds that have had the medicated feed when they start to lay if you have any allergies to Sulfa. I do use layer pellets as I find the birds waste less.
     
  3. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you give the chicks grit for that feed, or do they not need it?
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    No they do not need grit unless you feed them treats or things other than their regular feed such as scratch.
     
  5. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    If I put chicks out in the yard for a few minutes per day, will they eat something they can't process? Or will they pick up grit they can find as needed?
     
  6. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age should I switch the feeder in the brooder to the larger size? The seven chicks are between 2 and 3 weeks old and it seems they go through food and water a lot faster now....
     
  7. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:This was posted in another thread and someone else there said the amprolium is NOT sulfa based. Do you have a link that says it is? I really would like to know as I am allergic to sulfa.
     

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